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Genius Robotics Olympiad

Genius Robotics Olympiad
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Genius Olympiad


About Genius Robotics Olympiad:

Genius Robotics is a student-centric competition which provides students understanding the role of engineering and research in environmental issues. Genius Robotics encourages students to discover novel solutions to known problems in the environment by requiring them to design, build, test and control their unique robots. It provides students a lifetime experience and an opportunity to enhance their life skills such as being a team member, researching and problem-solving.

As Genius Olympiad community, we value the diversity of the participants and the respect to each other. We come together and speak up together to increase the awareness of environmental issues and the importance of acting together to build a better world together.

Each GENIUS Robotics project can be prepared and presented by a team of up to three students. Schools may apply with multiple teams. However, each student may be part of only one team. There can be only one master game robot for each team and can not be shared among teams. Only team members who participate will be recognized during award ceremony and announcements.


Judging Criteria (Master Game only)

  • Engineering book - 10% : Teams can gather any details about the robot inluding design choices, drawings, experiments, photos for the development stages, coding schemes and source codes and the system layout of the robot. This document may also contain some unstructured engineering notes and handwritten records. There is no specific format for the engineering book but teams must explain their project stages using the information in their engineering book.
  • Teamwork - 10% : Judges will score the involvement of each team member during the judging session. To get a good score teams may divide their presentation and different team members may be responsible for each part.
  • Presentation  - 20% : Teams will present their project and explain the details about their robot by using their engineering book and optionally their poster. Each team will be given 6 minutes at most to tell about their design and engineering work. Judges may ask questions during or after the presentation. There is no specification for the optional project poster. Designing a poster is recommended. 
  • Master game score - 60% : (details are given above under master game scoring)

According to Master Game judging criteria, participants will receive 10% gold, 20% silver, 20% bronze, and 20% honorable mention awards. 


Eligibility Criteria:

  • The GENIUS Olympiad is open to all international and U.S. students studying in grades eight through twelve (or the equivalent).
  • All students under 18 years old must attend the GENIUS Olympiad with an adult supervisor (a teacher, a parent, or a guardian). Students who are 18 years old and study in high school may participate without an adult supervisor. Our minimum age requirement for student participants is 12.
  • The same project can NOT be submitted in consecutive years without significant progress or changes.
  • Projects which are submitted to other organizations/fairs can be submitted without changes.
  • A valid application must be submitted (including affiliated fair Genius Certificate winners) using the GENIUS Olympiad application system by the deadline with application fee payment.
  • All students and supervisors have to communicate in English well enough to present their projects. Translators for student presenters are NOT allowed. 


Exam Dates:

  • The Project Application will start on December 17, 2017. The link will be available on this website, all applications are made online.
  • The Project Application Deadline is March 1, 2018 for all individual/school applications.
  • The Application deadline for Affiliated International Fairs is March 15, 2018.
  • The Application deadline for Affiliated National (U.S. and Canadian Only) Fairs is April 15, 2018. 
  • Project Finalists will be announced on our website on March 27, 2018. 
  • Participation Registration Deadline is May 1, 2018 to be eligible to participate in.             


Registration Process:

  • Applications and registrations will be made through our online application system, which will be available on the first date of application on our main page.
  • The application is the first step to submit a project.  Registration is the second step, in which you will provide participant and travel information. Both steps are required by the deadlines for all participants.
  • Please check our annual schedule for 2016-2017 for application start date, application deadline, and registration deadline.
  • All applicants (including GENIUS Certificate holders from affiliated fairs) MUST submit an online application by the deadline.
  • Multiple projects can be submitted using one login name. Each school/organization MUST create only one username to submit multiple projects.
  • The application system will ask for: contact information, fair affiliation (if exists), abstract, project paper upload (research paper or art work), media link, and the payment of non-refundable project application fee.  
  • Once the Finalists are announced, you MUST confirm their participation before the registration deadline by completing the registration process for each participant who will attend the GENIUS Olympiad.
  • International applicants must complete the registration and the registration payment as soon as possible in order to receive their invitation letters for visa application.



Benefits, Awards & Scholarships:

Category Awards

Four tiers of awards and gifts will be given according to student’s total score within the discipline:

  • Top Grand Gold Award: To the top one project in each category
  • Gold Medal: To top 10 % of the participants. 
  • Silver Medal: To top 90-70% of the participants. 
  • Bronze Medal: To top 70-50% of the participants. 
  • Honorable Mention: To top 50-20% of the participants. A certificate will be given to all Honorable Mention winners.


Special Awards

GENIUS Supervisor Award: The supervisor which consistently participates in GENIUS Olympiad with multiple HIGH-Quality projects over the years.

GENIUS Most Applicant School Award: The school which submits the most number of projects in this year

GENIUS Most Successful School Award: The school which has the most number of SUCESSFULL (based on awards received) of projects in this year

GENIUS Scholarship Certificate: All eligible GENIUS participants may receive SUNY Oswego University Scholarship, totaling up to $10,000, based on the set criteria on the GENIUS Scholarship Certificate, which will be given gold, silver, and bronze winners.

SUNY Oswego Acceptance: Among those who are interviewed, SUNY Oswego will provide conditional acceptance letters. 



All international and U.S. students studying in grades eight through twelve (or the equivalent).

GRO Sample Papers: